Ann Gloag was the original purchaser of Manston Airport in November 2013, along with business partner Pauline Bradley, stating “I am delighted to have purchased Manston Airport from Infratil as I believe there is real potential for growth that has not been fully captured.”
Born Ann Heron Souter on 10 December 1942, she is a Scottish business woman and co-founder of the Stagecoach group. She now spends her time either at the Church of the Nazarene, conducting “philanthropic” activities in Africa, or loaning money to developers to build large housing estates on green areas of land.
Her first husband, Robin Gloag, died in a car crash in 2007.1 Their son Jonathan died in 1999.
Using her father’s redundancy money, and working with her brother Brian Souter and first husband Robin Gloag, she established the Stagecoach Group in 1980, running buses from Dundee to London. After divorcing, Robin, who sold his shares in the group in 1983, founded Highwayman Coaches. In response, Stagecoach stopped charging its passengers. Robin went bust and Stagecoach snapped up his company.
In January 2014, Gloag lost a battle with Perth and Kinross Council over a bid to build a row of new homes on greenfield land near her castle. In a written report, planning officers said: “The proposal is within an Area of Great Landscape Value where there is a presumption against built development, except where necessary for operational need.”
On 5 July 2014, Gloag was caught driving at 90mph in a 60mph stretch of the A9 at Lynebeg by Moy. Gloag did not attend the court hearing in November 2014, where she was fined £400 and her licence was endorsed with five points.2
Gloag bought the closed Waverley Hotel, Perth, in 2011, and with her brother Brian, immediately planned to demolish it in order to build facilities for the neighbouring Church of the Nazarene. However, numerous representations were made against her application for permission to demolish the building, notably by Historic Scotland, who stated, “We do not accept that the current condition of the listed building and its replacement with new build provides justification for the proposed demolition”.3 On the evening of Tuesday 17th November 2015, a blaze ripped through the derelict building.4 Now there is no choice but to demolish the hotel. Very convenient.
- “Gloag’s ex-husband dies in crash”. BBC News. Retrieved 04 Dec 2017.
- “Gloag fined £400 for speeding at 90mph”. The Herald. Retrieved 04 Dec 2017.
- “New blow for Ann Gloag’s plans to demolish eyesore Perth hotel”. Daily Record. Retrieved 02 Feb 2018.
- “Blaze destroys derelict hotel owned by Ann Gloag”. The Scotsman. Retrieved 02 Feb 2018.